Senate approves $7 million for new Kake dam

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- The U.S. Senate has approved $7 million dollars to replace the dam in the Southeast Alaska town of Kake.

The 54-year-old wooden dam that provided the town's water supply failed in July.

Money to replace it was included in the Senate version of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that passed the Senate on Thursday night. The budget measure now goes to a House-Senate conference committee.

The new dam would also provide hydropower to the community.

The loss of the dam hit the community hard because it came at the peak of the chum salmon run, when the town's fish-processing plant and hatchery need water the most.

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